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Man demands Body the exhibition to show evidence of its organ source
Huang WanQing is on a mission to find his missing brother, who he fears was murdered by the Chinese regime, and worse. Huang boarded a flight in New York to search for his brother in Australia. Huang’s worst fear is that his brother’s remains are on display as part of the controversial “Real Bodies: the Exhibition” showing in Sydney— a display of 20 real, plastinated human bodies and over 200 body parts that came from Dalian, China. Communist China has long been in the spotlight for its rampant human rights abuse and lack of transparency regarding the “crimes” committed by its political or religious prisoners. There is also no transparency surrounding the whereabouts and treatment of prisoners within the communist state’s detention system. Many experts say it remains impossible to determine the validity of any ‘official’ documents from China, such as those in the possession of ‘Real Bodies’ that claim their human remains were “legally donated.” Similar exhibitions were banned by authorities in France, Hawaii, Seattle, Israel, and the Czech Republic for failing to provide evidence that the body ‘donations’ in China were voluntary and gave consent for display. [Dr. Huang WanQing, an American Chinese man]: Whenever I think that brother may have been tortured, then murdered for his belief and then put on commercial display in the exhibition, I feel a knife-cutting sharp of pain in my heart.” Huang’s brother is a Falun Gong practitioner. Since 1999, the Chinese Communist Party has been brutally persecuting Falun Gong, a spiritual practice. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and International human rights lawyer David Matas has been investigating the charge of a kill-on-demand organ transplant system operating in China for many years. Matas explained that in addition to concerns about organ harvesting, body exhibits sourced from China warranted similar attention. [David Matas, international human rights lawyer] NO NEED: “Well, with organ harvesting, we are facing the situation where there's large volume of transplants, and no official explanation that makes any sense of what the sources of all these transplants and that's one of the reasons we came to the conclusion that we did, that the sourcing was the prisoner of conscience, Falun Gong. We have a similar situation with the body exhibits. We have no explanation of where these bodies come from, we know that with the Falun Gong when they're in prison, a lot of them didn't self-identify to protect their families, so if they die in prison, of course their bodies are going to be unclaimed, because the families don't know where they are.” Huang suspects that after being killed for his beliefs, his brother’s body was deems ‘unclaimed’ and then ‘legally donated’ to be plastinated and flown around the world for display. Huang WanQing: “If the exhibition company cannot provide the documents showing the voluntary [and] informed consent of the deceased, [then] I'm requesting that all the bodies and organ parts from the exhibit be submitted for DNA testing to ascertain the identity of the deceased.” [Prof. Li HuiGe, Professor of Pharmacology at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz] “According to [common practice and professional] ethics, if you can’t provide evidence for the source of these organs, then it should be shut down, because if [something] this [unethical] Can happen, then anything can happen.” For 15 years, Huang has travelled to many different organizations to search for his brother. He says that no matter how hopeless the situation, he will never give up his search for the truth about his brother’s disappearance. He hopes that his public appeal can raise awareness about the human rights abuses suffered by Falun Gong, Uyghur, and other minority groups in China.